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Lions Notes: Jim Schwartz Focused On Packers, Not Pro Bowl Selections

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  • Matthew Stafford is once again up for the FedEx Air Player of the Week award.
  • Stafford wants to play the entire game on Sunday.
  • It turns out that Stafford is the third alternate at quarterback for the NFC in the Pro Bowl. Cam Newton and Tony Romo are ahead of him. To me, that is just as ridiculous as Eli Manning being selected to the team over Stafford.
  • Calvin Johnson said he is "looking forward to going back" to the Pro Bowl unless the Lions are still playing, in which case he would be headed to the Super Bowl instead.
  • I think Jim Schwartz had the best quote when it came to all of the talk about the Pro Bowl:
    "I mean, we’re playing games, we’re not trying to win contests or polls or power ratings, or Miss Congeniality," Schwartz said. "Anything somebody’s voting on or judging really isn’t real high on our radar. We like to play 60 minutes and when there’s a tie-breaker based on how many Pro Bowlers you have, then we’ll worry about that."
  • Evan Dietrich-Smith, the Packers player that was stomped on Thanksgiving by Ndamukong Suh, said this week that there are "no hard feelings" and everything is "cool" because Suh apologized a few days after it happened.
  • Speaking of Suh, he was at the Pistons' home opener last night.
  • Earlier this week the Lions made a change to their practice squad by releasing cornerback Brandon Stephens and signing former Michigan State cornerback Ross Weaver.
  • Georgia head coach Mark Richt, whose team is playing Michigan State in the Outback Bowl, said this week that he is "really happy for the city of Detroit" and for Stafford, who he coached in college.
  • The Lions/Packers game on Sunday will be announced by Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick. This is the third time in the last four weeks that this crew will announce a Lions game. The one time they didn't was last Saturday when the Lions were on CBS.

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